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Bendix seeks FMCSA exemption for camera safety systems

Company asserts cameras, radar and brakes work in tandem to avoid crashes

Bendix wants flexibility for windshield-mounted cameras. (Photo: Bendix)

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is asking federal regulators for flexibility in how its crash-avoidance cameras are mounted on windshields.

The request follows waivers recently approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the last two months for similar requests from J. J. Keller, Samsara and Nauto.

FMCSA regulations require vehicle safety devices such as those manufactured by Bendix in its exemption request to be mounted “not more than 4 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers or not more than 7 inches above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers.”

They also must be outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals, according to the agency. Bendix has requested that it be allowed to mount its cameras lower in the windshield than is currently permitted.

Bendix uses driver-assist technology that integrates cameras with radar and brakes. Combining these technologies, according to the company, creates a system “that typically assesses situations faster and reacts earlier, while also reducing instances of false alerts and false interventions, and prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction that may result from multiple alerts sounding simultaneously.”

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One Comment

  1. Dave Hill

    Thank you, finally someone addresses the issue of drivers being distracted by all the bells and beeping going off for no reason. Let me drive the truck, I actually know what I’m doing. If you want safety and change train people to drive the truck and pay attention without distraction.

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John Gallagher

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.